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Temple Beth Sholom Miami Beach
Jewish Germany Tour 2016
April 5 - 15, 2016
Led by Cantor Steven and Nina Haas

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  • Flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the airlines).
  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus
  • Local tour guide/educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily & 3 dinners 
  • Portage at the hotels


Day One: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

  • 6:25 p.m. Depart Miami International airport on Lufthansa flight #461.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

  • 10:05 a.m. Arrive at Munich International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Orientation tour in the center of Munich, including Marienplatz, the city's main square, the impressive neo-Gothic New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) with the world famous Glockenspiel, Frauenkirche and the city's largest Gothich church.
  • Visit the New Jewish Center built in 2006, which consists of the Ohel Jakob Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and a Cultural Center. The synagogue has a unique cubic structure structure of travertine stone topped by a glass cube. The glass roof represents a tent (or Ohel), symbolizing Moses' 40-year-journey through the desert.
  • Check into the hotel and time to freshen up.
  • LaDa'at Focus Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Munich

Day Three: Thursday, April 7, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart Munich for nearby Dachau.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Guided visit to Dachau Concentration Camp, the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany, intended to hold political prisoners. The camp was opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler, and later its purpose was enlarged to include forced labor, and eventually, the imprisonment of Jews, ordinary German and Austrian criminals, and eventually foreign nationals from countries that Germany occupied or invaded.
  • Return to Munich.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Drive by Olympiapark, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games during which Israeli athletes were assassinated by Palestinian terrorists during what was called the Munich massacre.
  • Get a glimpse of what makes Germany's strong economy tick at the BMW World and BMW Museum inside a futuristic building and view the BMW headquarters, which mimics the shape of four cylinder heads. The museum highlights the history of the famous car maker while the adjacent BMW World presents its current products.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure

Overnight: Munich

Day Four: Friday, April 8, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Munich and drive to Nuremberg.
  • LaDa'at Focus Nuremberg - A Symbol of the Nazi Regime and its Demise with your tour educator.
  • Visit the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds (Reichsparteitagsgelände). This area of was intended as an impressive backdrop for the Nazi party rallies, staged here to demonstrate their power. The remains of the buildings in this eleven square kilometer area, with their immense proportions, are a vivid testimony to the megalomania of the National Socialist regime.
  • Visit the Documentation Center in the north wing of the Congress Hall of the Reich Party Rally Grounds, including the permanent exhibition "Fascination and Terror," which looks at the causes, the context and the consequences of the National Socialist reign of terror.
  • Visit Courtroom 600 in the Palace of Justice, where the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals took place. The memorial exhibition focuses on the background, progression and repercussions of the trials.
  • Time permitting: Visit World War II Art Bunker, where the most important Nuremberg art treasures survived the air raids of World War II unharmed. This shelter was created in the depths of the castle rock, in the former beer cellars directly under the Imperial Castle. Irretrievable art treasures were to be protected here from fire, smoke, gas and pillaging and secured for generations to come.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue along the Romantic Road towards Rothburg ob der Tauber.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Rothburg ob der Tauber

Day Five: Saturday, April 9, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Frankfurt.
  • Explore Römerberg, the old center of Frankfurt, with a number of historic buildings dating to the 14th and 15th century (many of which, unfortunately, were destroyed during World War II and rebuilt afterwards).
  • Visit Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church), the seat of the first democratically elected parliament in Germany in 1848. Like most historic buildings in the city center, it was destroyed during World War II, but was also among the first buildings to be rebuilt after 1945 (with different interior). Today the building is used as a memorial site and an event center.
  • Continue towards the Main river and view Eiserner Steg (Iron bridge), Frankfurt's most well-known pedestrian bridge, built in 1869. The bridge provides great views of the skyline and the Main river.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to the Jewish Museum, housed in the former patrician home of the Rothschild family and in one of the neighboring buildings. The museum reflects on over 850 years of Jewish history in Frankfurt.
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. The cemetery contains graves from 1272 to 1828. Many of the gravestones contain motifs which are family coats of arms. The images portray the names of the families that were derived from animals, mythical creatures and objects. This is a peculiarity of the Frankfurt cemetery. In 1942 the National Socialists demolished approximately 4666 gravestones and piled up the rubble for removal. Some of these stone heaps can still be seen today. 175 gravestones were removed, but not crushed. Among them is the gravestone of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the banking dynasty. In the 1950s the gravestones were returned to the cemetery, but because there was no information on their original location they could only be placed along the cemetery wall. Gravestones of important religious and secular personalities were grouped together in a place of honor.
  • Visit the Neuer Börneplatz Memorial Site, a Holocaust memorial site created in 1996. The memorial includes a wall Cemetery containing approximately 11,915 small steel blocks with name, date of birth and death, and place of deportation carved out in printer plate fashion. All of Frankfurt's Jews who were deported and murdered between 1933 and 1945 are documented here.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Frankfurt

Day Six: Sunday, April 10, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore three important centers of Jewish theology and learning in Central Europe during the Middle Ages. Known collectively as Shum (based on the initials of the Hebrew names for the cities - Shpira, Vermayza, and Magentza), the cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz maintained a lively exchange of ideas with one another and were famous for their important yeshivas and their pioneering rabbinical conferences.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Shum Cities and Their Impact on Judaism in Medieval Europe with your tour educator.
  • Depart Frankfurt and drive to Speyer, whose Jewish history reaches back over 1,000 years. In the Middle Ages, the city of Speyer was home to one of the most significant Jewish communities in the Holy Roman Empire. The community was totally wiped out in 1940 during the Holocaust.
  • Visit the Jewish Courtyard, the central area of the Jewish quarter in Speyer and visit the remains of the Synagogue and well-preserved Mikveh, built in 1128 and the oldest of its type in Germany. 
  • Continue to Worms, the oldest city in Germany and also a center of medieval Ashkenazic Judaism.
  • Visit the Jewish Cemetery (also known as Heiliger Sand), dating from the 11th century and reflecting 900 years of Jewish community life in Worms.
  • Visit the Worms Synagogue, dating from 1175 and reconstructed in 1961 after its desecration on Kristallnacht.
  • Visit the Rashi House, a Jewish Museum housed in the former school where the famous scholar once studied. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to Mainz, which was a major center of religious teaching and especially known for the work of Rabbi Gershom ben Judah, whose teachings and legal decisions had an impact on Judaism at large.
  • Visit the city's new Synagogue, which was designed by architect Manuel Herz and built in 2010 in response to the Jewish community's rapid growth rate in the city.
  • LaDa'at Encounter Meet with members of the local Jewish community, which has been growing mainly due to an influx of immigrants from countries in Eastern Europe.
  • Return to Frankfurt.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Frankfurt

Day Seven: Monday, April 11, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Frankfurt and drive to Leipzig.
  • Introduction to the city and lunch on your own.
  • LaDa'at Encounter Visit the Jewish Community Center at the Ariowitsch House, a former Jewish nursing home later used by the Gestapo as its headquarters. Meet with local members of the community to learn about Jewish life in Leipzig today.
  • Drive to Potsdam, the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg and the former residence of the Prussian kings and German Kaisers.
  • Guided tour to the city including the Glienicke Bridge, used during the cold war for exchanging spies, and other famous sites.
  • Continue to Berlin, the capital of Germany.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin with your tour educator.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Eight: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history on a walking tour in East Berlin, including:
  • A visit to the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin's most significant landmarks.
  • The Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace, the gate was ironically incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the years of the Communist regime.  Perhaps Berlin's best known landmark, it now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
  • The Holocaust Memorial, the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe - designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection with thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forms a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, designed to give visitors a sense of groundlessness and of a loss of orientation; the memorial also includes a subterranean information center at the edge of the site which houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
  • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
  • View the famous Humboldt University and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
  • The Neues Museum (New Museum) finished in 1859 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Schinkel. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt under the direction of David Chipperfield for the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and re-opened in 2009.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
  • Guided visit to the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most conspicuous architectural landmarks in the city, it embodies remembrance, melancholy, and departure.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Nine: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look into the German Jewish Community - Past, Present & Future with Rabbi Josh Spinner, the Executive VP and CEO of The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation.  
  • LaDa'at Focus The Distinguished Jews of Berlin: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Visit the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry. 
  • Tour to Jewish sites in East Berlin including:
    • The Hackescher Markt
    • The Jewish Cemetery, including Moses Mendelsson's grave
    • The site of the Women's Protest on Rosenenstreasse
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure to attend a cultural performance (optional, cost not included).

Overnight: Berlin

Day Ten: Thursday, April 14, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the “Places of Remembrance” ‘art in public space' memorial in the Bavarian Quarter. The project consists of 80 brightly printed signs put up on lampposts, depicting colorful images on the one side and condensed versions of anti-Jewish Nazi rules and regulations passed between 1933 and 1945 in black and white on the reverse side. Together, the words and images force passers-by to remember the almost-forgotten history of this neighborhood, where Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt once lived.
  • Guided visit to the Villa in Wannsee, site of the infamous "Final Solution" conference, including a private introduction to the house with staff of the Wannsee Conference Educational and Memorial Site.
  • Memorial service at Gleis 17 (Track 17) in the neighborhood of Grunewald, the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Free time to explore Berlin on own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit Berlin's excellent museums, such as the Gemaeldegalerie or the Neue Nationalgalerie, or any of the museums on Museum Island. Museum Island features the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.
    • Explore the city's many art galleries.
    • Shop on the Kurfürstendamm (known locally as the Ku'damm)
    • Visit the East Side Gallery, a part of the former Berlin Wall now serving as a memorial of 150 wall paintings from a slew of international artists.
    • Visit the DDR Museum, an interactive museum that offers a snapshot of life in East Berlin in the days of the Soviet occupation.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Eleven: Friday, April 15, 2016

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Berlin International Airport.
  • 9:00 a.m. Departure flight on Lufthansa flight #2031.
  • 11:55 a.m. Departure on Air Berlin flight #460
  • 4:45 p.m.Arrive Miami International airport.



Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until Dec 15, 2015 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Dec 15, 2015 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day


Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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